It was an utter delight to have Dr. Gilberto Câmara along to our Variety Hour show last week, he was an incredibly engaging and knowledgeable presenter and ended up staying back to continue the conversation for half an hour beyond the end of the call.
I invited Gliberto along as our main presenter after I stumbled upon this thread he posted on twitter: 'Google Earth Engine (GEE) or Microsoft Planetary Computer (MPC): important cloud services for Earth observation (EO) data analysis. What are the strong points of each? What are their weaknesses? Follow the thread....'
It was the first time I'd seen someone explain the difference between the two platforms, and thought it might be a useful topic for other people in our community wondering what the Planetary computer actually is and how it compares to existing platforms. The twitter thread is a great start, and Gilberto expands on it in his Variety Hour talk:
If you have any questions about the talk, please drop them below and we'll get gilberto to pop in and answer you!
9 March 2023 3:21pm
Thanks a lot for sharing this recording! And a big thank you to Dr. Gilberto Câmara for explaining the differences between the two platforms. I also very much applaud his words on language, how different landscapes show up the same or different on different images/sensors, and pointing out the importance of taking the time dimension into account.
One question : Local knowledge is essential, but Dr. Câmara talks mostly about the big pictures, implicitly saying that these are essential as well. How does he see the relation(s) between the two?
At @StephODonnell , yes, can we please invite Dr. Câmara for the two hour session? The example of the savanna and the pasture made my heart skip a beat. So I am very interested in analytical and conservation-policy making pitfalls in using satellite data ( i.e. big data ), and he seems to know exactly where they are.
Frank van der Most